Trio Accused of Cashing Counterfeit Check

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The Dothan Police Department arrested three people last week who allegedly attempted to cash a counterfeit check at a local bank.

(From left to right) Earnest Junior Jones, Roderick Lamar Davis and Bershaw Lee Stembridge.

The Dothan Police Department arrested three people last week who allegedly attempted to cash a counterfeit check and led officers on a police chase into Geneva County.

Investigators say, Earnest Jones, 39, of Dothan, Roderick Davis, 32, and Bershaw Stembridge, 33, both of Atlanta, GA worked a scam, where they went from bank to bank cashing counterfeit business checks.

On Aug. 23, Jones entered the Mid South Bank located on West Main Street and attempted to cash a counterfeit check in the amount of $2,294.73. Davis and Stembridge waited outside in a car. An alert employee of the business noticed the check was not real and contacted the Dothan Police Department.

As officers arrived, the vehicle driven by Stembridge began to leave the property. The arriving officers attempted to stop Stembridge, but he refused, which resulted in a vehicle pursuit that went from Dothan, and ended in Hartford, Alabama with both Stembridge and Davis in custody. Jones was arrested at Mid South Bank.

Jones faces a second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument charge. His bond was set at $5,000.

Davis was charged with second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. His bond was set at $10,000. Stembridge, was arrested and charged with second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. His bond was set at $15,000.


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